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this morning on "early today" -- prairie populism. president obama takes his message for the middle class to the heartland. stunt snag. an experiment for a popular tv show goes aw. and gray area. does being commander in chief and gray area. does being commander in chief really take years off your life? captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with a make or break moment. during a speech in kansas yesterday, president obama urged lawmakers in washington to take action on baffle of the nation's middle class calling the country's rising inequality,
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quote, the defining issue of our time. brian mooar has details. >> reporter: in tiny kansas, president obama delivered a message aimed at both middle class americans and politicians back in washington. >> i believe this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot. when everyone something their fair hashare. >> reporter: the president argues ee defending the working class while republicans are standing with the rich. it's a rallying cry for the current tax fight in washington and his own re-election campaign. >> and in 1910, teddy roosevelt came here, to osawatame and he laid out his vision for what he called a new nationalism. >> reporter: roosevelt argued that welfare was more important than wealth. an argument this president is laying out a century later. >> we simply cannot return to this brand of you're on your own
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economics if year serious about rebuilding the middle class in this country. >> reporter: far from soaring rhetoric, republicans and democrats on capitol hill are struggling to keep a middle class payroll tax from expiring at the end of the month. democrats are offering to pay for it by raising taxes on the rich. >> this was not a compromise. this was nothing more than another bill designed to fail. so democrats can have another week of fun and games on the senate floor. >> reporter: while president obama calls for a new new nationali nationalism, on capitol hill it's the same old politics. on the campaign front, newt gingrich has widened his lead in the gop presidential race, however his front-runner status is stirring some debate about former house speaker's political past and energizing mitt romney's fight to regain support. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. good morning, everyone. newt gingrich is leading by
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double digits in several major polls, and that is bringing him a lot more attention and criticism from his opponents. michele bachmann questioning his conservativism. the new attack ad from ron paul talks about the $1.6 million he earn as a consultant for freddie mac saying it's the essence of a washington insider. gingrich on cnbc says he is the only speaker to balance the budget. mitt romney hoping to get back in front-runner status, tied in some polls with ron paul, has a key endoerment from dan quayle and romney says he has time in what washgs he'll iowa and will campaigning aggressively there. the obama administration has taken a significant step in protecting the rights of gay,
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lesbian and transgendered community around the world. on orders from president obama secretary of state hillary clinton told a conference in geneva that the u.s. will use foreign aid to reward countries that safeguard gay rights. firmly linking gay rights with human rights, the administration has also vowed to actively combat efforts by other nations that criminalize and abuse gays or ignore abuse against homosexuals. the chief of the federal aviation administration has stepped down from his position after he was arrested on drunk driving charges over the weekend. randy babbitt's recognition comes halfway through his term as faa. he was pulled over in virginia where they said the 65-year-old was driving on the wrong side of the road. now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. a cantaloupe-sized cannonball fired by the crew of a reality
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show "mythbusters" nearly took the lives of several people. the projectile ripped through one home and across six lanes of traffic. before slamming into a parked mini van. no one, luckily, was injured. a kentucky family is very lucky to be alive after escaping their home moments before it exploded. they were able to avoid tragedy after the father spotted smoke and flames coming from his second floor window. the apparent natural gas explosion reduced the home to just a pile of debris and fire. nearby homes were evacuated before fire crews put out the flames. if you're looking to make a splash at your office christmas party, one vermont has the perfect out yit. marie blackman ships what she calls her ugly christmas sweaters worldwide. her creations have become wildly popular. she has about 80 designs for sale. now for a look at your national and regional weather
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here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with your forecast. there's one looking at that saying, i have a sweater like that. >> if you don't have an old ugly sweater in your closet, we all do. >> oh, yeah. circa 1987. >> at least i do. >> i do. >> we don't need pictures. you can visualize it. good morning, everyone. a lot of interesting weather facts this morning. cold air, a little snow in areas that don't see it and a lot of rain heading for the east coast. starting with the temperatures, the cold air has plunged, 27 in dallas this morning. 13 in kansas city. so the core of the really cold air over the middle of the country. the east coast is still unusually warm but that's quickly ending. the rain will be moving in shortly in many areas. and eventually some areas will turn over to a little snow. not everyone but especially the higher elevations in new england. this morning the cold air is in place. we have a lot of rain out ahead of it. it's a huge shield of soaking rain all of west virginia this morning, mountainous areas of
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tennessee, north carolina and also virginia. now we're starting to watch some of that increasing around washington, d.c. the beltway north way to baltimore. heading up to philly, that rain will increase as we go throughout your morning commute. i mentioned there's enough cold air for snow. we got it in the deep south. we had a coating of snow in little rock. it's snowing pretty good. and from pine bluff in memphis there will be snow. i'm sure there will school cancellations because northern mississippi doesn't get a lot of snow. snow for new england, not a big event. vermont, new hampshire, and higher elevations. that's a look at your national forecast. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. we are going to watch atlanta, georgia, today a cool, chilly rain for you. temperatures peaking mostly in the 40s. denver, colorado, a little better today. warm-up for you. temperature of 40 degrees after brutally cold air yesterday. happy to say weather pattern calms down starting tomorrow.
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>> happy to hear, thank you very much. coming up, wall street shows confidence in europe. verizon gets ready to make a big play. and mark zuckerberg faces facebook privacy firsthand. plus, it's not a scene from "30 rock" but it sounds like it. alec baldwin gets tossed for a flight for refusing to stop playing with his ipad. coming up, a hat trick, and a shootout and frantic finish in college hoops. you're watching "early today."
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good morning and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. here are some of your top headlines. the biggest u.s. mine disaster in more than 40 years has resulted in the biggest government fine ever. alpha natural resources has agreed to pay $210 million in fines and payouts for 2010's massive west virginia explosion. for a second straight day,
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russian police clashed with demonstrators protesting alleged election fraud by prime minister putin. police arrested nearly 500 people. the cuban boy that survived a raft journey in 1999 and became the subject of an international custody battle celebrated his 18th birthday in cuba tuesday. he was just 6 years old when federal agents raided his uncle's home in seized him at gunpoint. federal authority say a seattle chiropractor and his wife lived in a million dollar waterfront home and jetted around the world while collecting $135,000 in welfare. the couple is being sued for restitution and facing fines. and does the stress of being president speed up the aging process? well, you'd think so, right, because they go gray? not necessarily. a new study shows most u.s. presidents who have died of natural causes actually lived longer than peers in their age group. well, now here's an early
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look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,150 after gang 5 points yesterday. the s&p was up a point. but the nasdaq lost 6. taking a look at overseas trading this morning n tokyo the nikkei jumped 147 points, while in hong kong the hang seng climbed 298. well, solid investor confidence and the outcome of europe's upcoming financial summit led the dow higher tuesday. expectationses france and germany will press for a tough new union treaty were stirred by reports lead ezers at the summit will boost the rescue fund. a sharp recent slide of italian and spanish bond yields is seen as reinforcing belief europe has begun tackling its debt issue. tuesday's gains came despite standard & poor's warning monday it may cut the credit rating of 15 eurozone countries. traders shrugged off another s&p warning, it may cut the rating
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of the eurozone rescue fund as well. general electric led the dow on a brokerage upgrade. penny stock, amr, american airlines bankrupt parent jumped 67% to 70 cents a share after naming its treasurer chief reconstruction officer. home builder toll brothers was up. darden restaurants slumped after cutting its 2012 netflix. reports say verizon will launch an online service for streaming movies and tv shows in concert with several cable providers. citigroup will cut 4500 jobs worldwide, losing $400 million on layoff expenses. maybe facebook will get that whole privacy thing. mark zuckerberg had his personal photos linked -- or leaked online after a facebook user found his security loophole and breached the ceo's account. you can't script that any
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better. facebook called the loophole a bug and said, it was being fixed. well, coming up, upsets and shootouts on the ice. and hockey's total realignment behind the scenes. plus, washington goes all out to block 11th ranked marquette in college hoops. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. you it looks like our stormy weather pattern will clear up as we head forward the weekend. your forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports the nhl addressing the long-time complaints of hockey fans and teams have come up with a new plan for the make up of its competitive conferences. here is nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. >> good morning. when the atlanta thrashers became the winnipeg jets it not only put another team in canada it created a geographical problem with the league's six divisions. problem solved. nhl approved a new four-conference format that will go into effect next season. andrew ladd but them on the board in the first period and jets were up 1-0. to the third, game tied 1-1, brian little with a big goal, the event you'll game winner. now in toronto, the devils
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and maple leafs needed overtime. david clarkson ended it with his second goal of the game. new jersey snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 overtime win. blue jackets and canadiens, rick nash, one of the best in the league, this is why. take the goalie to his right, went to his left, columbus just won their eighth of the year 3-2. islanders aren't much better. they have nine wins but undefeated when they score five goals. they hit that mark last night against lightning. david ulstrom scored the first much his ka year. canucks daniel sedin scored a goal in the first and two more in the third and that's a hat trick. canucks won it b 6-0. finally great finish in college hoops. 11th ranked marquette down one to washington. vander blue found the open man and crowder knocked down the go ahead three. six seconds to play. a time-out to burn. but abdul gatty took it in himself and threw it over the
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backboard. marquette remains unbeaten with a 79-77 win. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. well, where in the world is jennifer lopez? and bradley cooper hates being sexy. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. in a year of grid lock, partisan bickering, low public opinion, congress can't even get christmas right?
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welcome back. pretty active weather day once again. we have rain and a little snow. if you're in areas like memphis or northern mississippi, look out the window. it's probably snowing this morning. maybe a coating to an inch or two at most. so, be careful out there on sidewalks and roads. we are watching very quarm conditions in the eastern u.s. but the rain is moving in. by tomorrow that rain will be gone. in new england we'll get snow. mostly at some of the higher elevations. if you're watching us on wndu news center 16 tv in south bend, indiana, see a one-of-a-kind design on over 300 skateboards at full deck, a short history of skate art at south bend museum of art. that's your early event of the day. are we heading to the skate park? >> no, that was boring last week. i'm over it. here's an early look this morning's headlines in entertainment. alec baldwin says he'll never fly american again after being the latest celebrity to be
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booted off an airliner. baldwin got into a fight with a flight attendant and was forced to leave a los angeles flight for refusing to stop playing the game words with friends while parked at the gate. it is kind of addictive. he tweeted that the next plane he caught had, quote, smarter looking flight attendants. robert downey jr. will welcome a little iron man of his own next year. the actor and his wife, susan, revealed they're expecting a baby boy. reports say jennifer lopez has bought film rights to the video game franchise carmen san diego and plays to play the thief in a new action movie. and bradley cooper is not excited to be "people's" world sexest man. he told graham norton, quote, it's the worst. it's just so awful. don't you feel bad for him, bill? cooper joked at age 36 he really doesn't care about stuff like that anymore but after being awarded the title, now he
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realizes just how unsexy he is. maybe it was the protests in favor of ryan gosselin. this comes to us from washington, d.c. where in a year where things haven't worked out quite so well for congress, even capitol hill's annual holiday celebration hit a glitch. with the help from a 7-year-old boy, house speaker john boehner lit the capitol tree. unfortunately, a techial mishap caused the light to go out on the tree unintended comic symbolism, you might say, of a year of short-circuits in the halls of congress, right? i'm lynn berry, this is "early today," just can your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. we're off to a mild start on this morning. it is near 60 degrees. the temperature is going to fall. some heavy rain around d.c. that will be moving up around baltimore. rain is likely. a flood watch is in effect because some of the rain could be heavy. temperatures are nice and milds this morning and there will fall into the 40's. there could be some snow tonight. 60 this morning and it could snow tonight. >> thank you.
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4:56. 61 degrees on tv hill. >> it washington fight that impacts your paycheck. the latest on the debate on the payroll tax cut. >> fire union officials warn that more budget cuts could be on the way for the department. >> sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. tracking an accident on the west side of the beltway. a soggy
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[captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. >> and i'm stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> what is happening precipitation-wise? >> all kinds of things will happen today. it will feel like spring at this morning. it will

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